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Nuptul Tenpei Nyima poses for a portrait at the Dzogchen Community in Conway, Monday May 19. Tenpei Nyima was rescued May 1 by a U.S rescue team, from the Serang Gompa monastery in the Nubri Valley at Manaslu Montain in the Gorkha District of Nepal where he had been trekking with four American friends after the first of two earthquakes shook Nepal on April 25. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

Monk living in Conway recounts experiencing deadly Nepalese earthquake

Friday, May 22, 2015

CONWAY — After spending three years as a visiting scholar at Hampshire College and then beginning his study of Tibetan medicine here, Buddhist monk Nuptul Tenpei Nyima returned to Nepal’s Sangchen Rabten Norbuling Monastery, where he is an abbot, in Nepal’s Himalayas. He arrived at the monastery after 5 or 6 days of trekking in the Katmandu Valley on April 24, one day before the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that has cost thousands of lives. “It was really a scary and frightening experience,” says Nuptul, a bespectacled 30-year-old monk who wears the veneration title “Rinpoche,” or “precious one” as modestly as the crimson robe, covered with a … 0

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war, but by the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans … 0

Retiree health care costs cast shadow, but most towns aren’t worried

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

DEERFIELD — Although the state government is on the hook for a potential $15 billion in the health insurance costs for its retirees over the next three decades, most of the towns in Franklin County aren’t particularly concerned about their similar unfunded liabilities for future retiree health care. Nonetheless, the fiscal projections that … 0

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured … 0

Neighbors: Back in Franklin County

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m back! What a lovely week we had on the water and in Bermuda. The weather was perfect and we got to see a dolphin and a whale show on the way home. I learned early on in the trip that it really is a small … 0

Baker wins race for Selectboard seat in Conway

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CONWAY — Robert Baker, Conway’s long-time Fire Chief and former Highway Department director, has been elected as the town’s newest member of the Selectboard. He will replace Selectman Rick Bean, who resigned from the board earlier this year. Baker beat his opponent, former Selectboard Member Christina Conklin, 138-73. … 0

State OKs Eversource’s lower summer rates

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the Basic Service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using … 0

Conway withholds money for long-range Frontier study

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CONWAY — The Conway Grammar School proved a fitting setting for the town’s annual town meeting Monday night, where voters spurned a move they felt could jeopardize local control of their school. Voters rejected a Frontier Regional School District and Union 38 request for money to pay for … 0

Conway: ‘Slow down’ on Right to Farm

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CONWAY — Though Conway is one of only a handful of Franklin County towns that do not yet have “Right To Farm” bylaws, voters at Town Meeting Monday night put the brakes on adopting one after a resident called for more time to study possible side effects. The … 0

Conway opts to maximize Community Preservation

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CONWAY — Keeping the Community Preservation Fund surtax at 3 percent will allow the town to handle unforeseen projects and maximize state contributions, proponents contend. That argument seemed to win the day as voters considered a proposal to reduce the local tax to 1 percent at Monday’s annual … 0

Conway voters keep preservation fund tax at 3%

Monday, May 11, 2015

CONWAY — Conway’s residents will continue to pay a 3 percent tax into the Community Preservation Fund after voters rejected an article brought by citizen’s petition that proposed lowering it to 0.25 percent during the annual town meeting Monday night. Proponents of the article said that even though … 0

Conway Selectboard candidates weigh in on the issues

Sunday, May 10, 2015

CONWAY — One is the town’s long-time fire chief and former Highway Department director, the other is a former selectman, part-time police officer and horse farm owner, but Selectboard candidates Robert Baker and Christina Conklin will both have … 0

Will Conway voters take ax to community preservation tax?

Thursday, May 7, 2015

CONWAY — Conway residents could find themselves paying quite a bit less into the town’s Community Preservation Fund if a petition article prevails at town meeting Monday night. The meeting starts at 7:30 in the Conway Grammar School auditorium. With voter approval, the article would cut the 3 … 0